Does exercise help in the treatment of psychiatric disorders?

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 1996 Mar;34(3):38-43. doi: 10.3928/0279-3695-19960301-18.


1. Some researchers have stated that the perception of fitness and health may be a better predictor of psychological improvements than actual cardiovascular fitness. 2. It appears reasonable to encourage patients in psychotherapy to participate in a regular exercise program. 3. Adjunct treatments such as exercise may become increasingly important and helpful in the changing health care delivery and reimbursement environment where more short-term and self-help therapies are being strongly encouraged.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy